Date & venue change! This meeting was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 12, at Wilson Farm in Lexington, MA but has been rescheduled for Friday, February 11 on Zoom.
8:45 - Log on and tech check, if needed
9:00 - New Pests and When to Freak Out - Anna Wallingford, UNH Extension Entomology & IPM Specialist, will present on new insect pests and how to identify and manage them in vegetable crops.
9:45 - Sweet Corn Nutrient Management - George Hamilton, UNH Extension Educator Emeritus, will present on sweet corn nutrition, including testing, timing, and application for success in sweet corn plantings.
10:30 - Strawberry Soil-Borne Diseases - Laura McDermott, Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, will present on various soil-borne diseases affecting strawberries, management tools, and strategies for control.
11:15 - Produce Safety Update - Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension, will give an overview of the new proposed FSMA rule for agricultural water, and Michael Botelho, MDAR Produce Safety Inspection Program, will give an update on inspections, the Commonwealth Quality Program audits, and new state Produce Safety and Market Access regulations.
12:00 - Risk Management Update - Tom Smiarowski & Paul Russell, UMass Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education
12:30 - NEVBGA Updates and Annual Meeting
*2 pesticide recertification credits are available for this meeting. Please see note below.
Pesticide credits note:
In order to be eligible for credits, participants must include their pesticide license number during registration and must be present for the entire session. Your active participation will be verified using polls, so you must join from a computer, tablet, or smartphone in order to answer the poll questions-a computer with the Zoom app downloaded is highly recommended. If you do not have experience, or have had trouble in the past with using polls in Zoom, please log on at 8:45am in order to participate in a tutorial and make sure you will be able to use the system to qualify for credits.